At Countryside in Clearwater
St. Petersburg 29, Countryside 10
Spring game-breakers: Running behind an experienced offensive line has St. Petersburg running back Rashad Lewis thinking he can get close to 2,000 yards this season. Friday against Countryside, Lewis showed toughnesss between the tackles and speed to the outside in rushing for 235 yards and three touchdowns. Lewis had a 1-yard plunge to open scoring and added scoring runs of 44 and 80 yards in the second half. …The Green Devils' offensive line was as good as advertised, leading the way to 12-, 10- and 12-play scoring drives. Calvin Robinson (eight carries, 101 yards) and Stevie Murph (runs of 15 and 20 yards) helped the Green Devils pile up roughly 400 rushing yards. …Defensively, the Green Devils had interceptions by Murph and John Simmons and recovered two fumbles. …Countryside's Joey Lombardi, replacing last year's county rushing leader Alton Taylor, had 75 yards on 14 carries. …Quarterback Gray Crow, who transferred in the offseason, looked rusty, throwing two picks.
Did you know? There were at least a dozen colleges at the game, including West Virginia, Rutgers, North Carolina, N.C. State, Northwestern and UCF. Most were probably there to check up on Countryside cornerback Alex Dixon, who has offers from most of those schools. …The Green Devils have offensive lineman Tyler Sweetland and Taylon Culbreth, hence the nickname Sweet T for the duo.
Audible 1: "We had to get some answers on some things — how to replace Ben Sams, how do replace Malik Wilson — and I think the kids back there showed tonight they can do a pretty good job. Rashad Lewis showed he's probably going to be one of the best backs in the county and (quarterback) David Jones is back having another (year of experience) and (wide receiver) Marquel Davis showed tonight he's a great athlete." — St. Pete coach Joe Fabrizio
Audible 2: "This was a lot better than what we had the first day, no question about it. I think I saw some individual efforts that impressed me, some individual things here and there." — Countryside coach Jared Davis
John C. Cotey, Times staff writer